Walk in the footsteps of SIR WALTER RALEIGH in the home he built 425 years ago. See decorative styles and nationally important collections of art, furniture and porcelain from the great periods of English history. Take a leisurely stroll around 42 acres of beautiful ENGLISH LANDSCAPE GARDENS. Experience peace and tranquillity; marvel at the spectacular views.
Where is Sherborne Castle and Gardens located?
On reaching the ancient market town of Sherborne follow the brown tourist signs to the 'New Castle' situated on the B3145, only minutes away from the town centre . The main line from London Waterloo is only a 10 minute walk from the station to the main gates.
What is the history of Sherborne Castle and Gardens to the present day?
Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and the stately home of the Digby family since 1617. Royal visits to Sherborne Castle include: Charles II to inspect his troops in 1644, King William III printed his proclamation leaflets here in1688 and King George III visited Lord Digby and his family in 1789. One of the first and most important Capability Brown English Landscape Gardens in the southwest. The Castle was used as a hospital in WW1 and an American base in WW11.
What is there to see and do at Sherborne Castle and Gardens?
Discover Raleigh's kitchen and a Museum in the Castle's cellars. See relics from the Civil War, captivating historic documents and a collection of family curios. Experience Tudor England, The Civil War, Royal visits and family intrigue through 'Sherborne Castle's Great Stories' series room displays. Discover walks round the lake to garden features such Raleigh's Seat, The Cascade and a new Fossil House. Other walks lead you to the Orangery and Ginkgo Lawn and the Boathouse and pier where there are wonderful views of the old Castle ruins. Enjoy colour throughout the season from carpets of spring bulbs, glorious herbaceous borders and the breath taking colours of autumn reflected in the lake. See amazing wildlife on the lake.
Sherborne Castle and Gardens is a hidden gem of Dorset and, coupled with a trip into the nearby historic market town of Sherborne, makes a perfect day out.